NH organizations serving homeless, families in need announce merger
New Horizons, Families in Transition will merge effective Jan. 1, 2018
By RAY BREWER
Oct 18, 2017
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two of the major organizations that serve the homeless and families in need in Manchester are joining forces.
New Horizons and Families in Transition announced on Wednesday that they will be merging effective Jan. 1, 2018.
The boards of both organizations voted on Monday to approve the merger, which was made public on Wednesday morning.
Both organizations serve the homeless and families in need and stressed that the merger driven by the needs of their clients.
New Horizons is a soup kitchen, food pantry and homeless shelter, while Families in Transition provides affordable housing and social services to homeless families.
Officials at Families in Transition were seeing a growing need for food and were thinking of expanding their food services, while New Horizons was seeing a growing need for housing.
The hope is this merger will create a fully integrated system so less people fall through the cracks.
But there are also bigger goals.
“(The goals are) to enhance our services, to bridge the gap in the continuum of care for our clients and to make a real difference in our community,” David Cassidy, chair of the board of directors at New Horizons, said.
“So, it only made sense for us to contact the people who do it best and form a partnership so we can provide the housing and they can expand our food services, and vice versa,” Dick Anagost, chair of the board of directors at Families in Transition, said.
The new organization will be led by Maureen Beauregard, who is currently the president of Families in Transition.
The new board will consist of 24 members, equally split between the two groups, with co-chairs.
The transition is expected to take about a year to complete.